May Wrap-Up

Reading Life Books read in May: 15 Books for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: 3 ARCs read/reviewed this month: 4 Letters Left for ABC Reading Challenge:  3 (Q, X, Z). Still open to recommendations for books with titles that start with those letters! Post in the comments if you have some good ones. Books that made meContinue reading “May Wrap-Up”

April Wrap-Up

Reading Life: Books finished: 11 Best of the Month: The Girl with All the Gifts, Lincoln in the Bardo, March trilogy Times sobbed during Lincoln in the Bardo : Six, which was not as many as watching A Man Called Ove with my husband ARCs: 4 (Make sure to check out The Hideaway and Stars over Clear Lake) Books bailed on: 2Continue reading “April Wrap-Up”

Shiny New Things and Slumps

I got a project successfully off to prom and immediately spent the next week stewing and miserable. I stomped around the house and sighed a lot and refreshed my email like I was giving it rescue breaths. Yesterday, I started outlining something and felt that pressure ease almost immediately. But I feel that slump sneaking upContinue reading “Shiny New Things and Slumps”

A Year in Review

So, every good 90’s sitcom had the episode about the parents rushing around the night before Christmas because, oh no, someone forgot to buy Christmas presents and the relatives are coming tomorrow/kid’s toy is hard to get/we need to work in the Gift of the Magi somehow because Christmas. I always rolled my eyes atContinue reading “A Year in Review”

Querying Trenches and Community

It’s dirty down here, here in the trenches. Mostly, it’s dirty with coffee grounds and crumbs from that roll of Caramel Delights you ate while rewriting your query letter for the thirtieth time. I’ve been doing something lately that makes me feel the smallest ounce better, and maybe it will for you, too. I’ve beenContinue reading “Querying Trenches and Community”

Six Ways to Celebrate Social Media

  Social media is half most people’s social lives. 65% of Americans use social media in 2015 versus just 7% ten years ago.  Likes, followers, retweets, and blog entries are so important to us that it’s easy to take them for granted. National Social Media day is June 30, so here are six ways toContinue reading “Six Ways to Celebrate Social Media”

#pitmad- No Reason to Get Mad about Pitches

The next #pitmad event is coming up on Thursday from 8AM- 8PM EST. Never participated before? Well, first things first– read the link above. Done that? Okay. Double check that you meet all of the key qualifications: Is your manuscript completed? When you get a request for that awesome project that you’re only 1/3 done with,Continue reading “#pitmad- No Reason to Get Mad about Pitches”

Conference Wrap-Up

This past week I had the good luck to attend five hours of Book Expo America and a full day of writing discussion during the Writing Workshop of Chicago. Both taught me different lessons and both helped inspire me this morning as I went back from the dreamlike land of conference-world to the sweat ofContinue reading “Conference Wrap-Up”

A Case for Rereading

It’s hard to beat the shiver of recognition when you read words you’ve read before, almost like hearing a friend’s voice over the phone for a first time in a long time. As writers, reading is essential and it can be hard to make time to reread a book, but I’m learning how important itContinue reading “A Case for Rereading”